* AdaptationDisplacement: There was a book series originally but most of it has never been exported. The series was later adapted into a manga, movie, and an anime series.
* AlternateCharacterInterpretation
** Gabu and Mei: ForbiddenFriendship or StarcrossedLovers? Have at it.
** That Gabu [[spoiler:never got amnesia and was trying to forget everything he and Mei experienced.]]
** Was Gabu staring at Mei's rear because he was hungry or...
*** WordOfGod was that that scene was an intentional allusion to the MarilynMonroe walk.
* AnimationAgeGhetto: Subverted! This is supposed to be a kids movie and yet it was popular enough among older anime fans to get an unofficial English dub. The English dub exists on Website/YouTube ''with the permission of the original producers'' largely because [[NoExportForYou they have no intention of ever localizing it in English]].
* GRatedSex: Possibly. As they're preparing to leave the secret cave Gabu hides them both in during the wolf attack, the pair's conversation turns to the full moon and how much they simply enjoy being with each other. It gets quite emotional, and the camera pans away as they decide to skip going home and just spend the night in the cave together.
* ItChangedNowItSucks: The cartoon series. The fact that it's CGI and Mei is a girl did not help ''at all''.
* LGBTFanbase: Well, we've got an AmbiguouslyGay goat and wolf, an endearing story that could be interpreted as a love story, and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything two characters who just want to be together despite what both of their societies think of their relationship]].
* MemeticMutation:
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4OM3mT3NNA It's Mei!]]
** Mei's butt is a meme in itself, more precisely the scene where we're forced to watch Gabu drool over it.
* {{Moe}}: Mei and Gabu, though its hard to tell which one is the better example...
* TastesLikeDiabetes: Mei.
* ValuesDissonance:
** Controversy exists over the homoerotic overtones of the anime. WordOfGod confirmed that, in actuality, Mei was ''always'' intended to be a male character, but was written in the children's books as gender-ambiguous so that he'd appeal as much if he were female as if he were male. The film merely restored that gender specificity.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: That incredibly adorable, doe-eyed goat who sports a pink scarf and has a deep friendship with a male wolf is a ''boy''. It's especially noticeable due to his [[VocalDissonance masculine voice]].
* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: Oh, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}.
* TheWoobie: Mei is just so ''gosh darn cute'' when he's being terrified.
** Poor, poor Mei and Gabu, they just never get a break. The movie even starts off with a TearJerker. Mei and his mother were attacked by Giro. Mei's mother fights the wolves off, managing to rip off Giro's ear and slash his left eye. Sadly, she was killed by the wolves since she was outnumbered. Mei, without looking back, continues to run, knowing his mother won't be coming back soon. He gets rejected by his society when they find out that he is friends with Gabu. They both run away from home and decide to climb a huge mountain. [[spoiler: When they cross the mountain, a huge blizzard incapacitates Mei and Gabu brings him into a cave. Mei is dying and he knows it too, because in order to save him from his suffering he tells Gabu to eat him so that he can survive the mountain for both of them. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids Such a cheerful, upbeat character, suddenly gives up hope and wants his best friend to end his misery?]] Even though, they both survive the mountain, Mei finds that Gabu got amnesia after getting caught in an avalanche and he only sees Mei as a delicious goat. The one true friend you finally made and had a great adventure with, suddenly wants to kill you, simply because he lost his memories of the times you've spent together that you said would last forever? Yup, Mei just hit major [[TheWoobie Woobie]] status. The look on his face too, was absolute shock and terror, and desperately crying and begging for Gabu to remember him didn't help matters either. It makes you want to give Mei a huge hug and tell him that you're proud that he [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned his Happy Ending with Gabu!]] ''Thank God'' that Gabu's amnesia was only temporary. [[FridgeHorror Or else...]]]]
** Gabu is definitely the biggest [[TheWoobie Woobie]]. When he was just a pup, his mother died, and his pack mates would [[KidsAreCruel tease him for his cowardice.]] [[note]]It's never told whether that flashback took place before or after Gabu's mother died. If that flashback happened after her death, that would explain Gabu's fearfulness since he was just a pup and without a mother, he probably felt lonely and unloved. Which makes that scene [[HarsherInHindsight a lot more]] [[TearJerker depressing.]][[/note]] [[FromBadToWorse It gets worse,]] when the pack finds out that he's been hanging out with a goat, they punish him by making him sleep in a hole for the night. Then, after Gabu and Mei run away from home, [[spoiler:his own {{Jerkass}} pack mates, who bullied him as a pup, are now trying to kill him. [[DarkestHour Even worse,]] when he and Mei are crossing the mountain, they get caught in a blizzard and take refuge in a cave Gabu dug up. They are both starving to the point where Mei looks like he won't make it. The only true friend Gabu has ever made and protected for so long, [[DespairEventHorizon suddenly gives up hope,]] and [[HeroicSacrifice offers himself as a simple meal]] to Gabu so he can survive. [[TearJerker Gabu completely breaks down weeping]], and when he leaves the burrow, he starts searching for grass to feed Mei, hinting that he'd rather ''starve to death'' than do it. After all that he's been through, it makes you want to give him a big hug and tell him that you're proud that he [[EarnYourHappyEnding earned his Happy Ending.]]]]